I want to use my Foosball Table outside, is it OK to move my standard table outside to play when it is sunny? Maybe even cover it with a tarp and leave it there for good?

It is OK to move your table outside and play in the sun, but standard tables are not designed to keep getting wet, so do not leave it out. Sure it can get covered in Beer now and again without too much damage, but letting it be exposed to the elements will destroy it fairly quickly

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Outdoor Foosball tables are as the name, implies tables that have been designed to be kept and used in an outdoor environment. These need to have a feature that stops the table deteriorate because of the weather. Standard tables while usually being of high quality, are not made of materials that are meant for continually getting wet, or being baked dry in the sun

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Can you use a standard table outside?

Outdoor Foosball 3No. Basically even if you cover the table well, moisture will get under the tarp and warp and rot the wood, the paint will probably not be waterproof and start to flake away. Once the wood has begun to rot, then insects will begin to destroy your precious table as well. If you want to keep a table outside then you will need one that was designed with this in mind.

Wood

Foosball tables usually contain a lot of wood and wood by-products. Wood if not treated correctly will decay. When wood is exposed to sea air, rainwater or even humid conditions, it will rot or swell. Soon your table’s surface will warp making the whole thing no good for playing on. Paint and sealers can be used on wood to stop this damage, but if you have a table that was designed for indoor use, you will probably find that this has not been done.

Can I seal the table myself? I am not sure about this, but probably NO! You can buy great sealers for wood, and it would certainly last longer if you did this. But as the materials that are used in the table have not been appropriately treated for outdoor use, then any moisture will soon destroy them. If you have tried this yourself, please let me know what the outcome was. I will certainly not be trying this

Metal

The other material used in a foosball table a lot is, of course, metal. Indoor tables are usually made of untreated steel and aluminium. Both of these metals corrode when they get wet, if they have not been treated. Again indoor tables will not be processed for excessive moisture, so should not be used outside. Even stainless steel is prone to rust if it has not been correctly treated.

You can try putting some anti-rust products on your table to attempt to protect it. Spray on wax and oil coatings help to stop water getting on to the metal, thus reducing rust. However it is not going to be possible to cover all the surfaces in your rods etc., and it will only be a matter of time before moisture gets to that surface and rust starts!

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How do Outdoor tables differ?

The manufacturer knows that these tables will be used outdoors, and so use materials that are better suited for outdoor use. The woods and laminates will be treated to cope with damp conditions. They will be covered in waterproof resins, and all the paints will be waterproof. The metals will be treated to deal with wetter conditions. Also greater use of glass and plastics that do not become affected by water will be used

Conclusion

Basically, after this research, I would say no matter how careful, you are you cannot put a Foosball table outside unless it was designed for that purpose

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Why You Need A Table Cover

This is a no-brainer really, outdoor tables are not cheap, and anything that is exposed to the elements sun, rain, wind or snow, is going to last longer and look better over time if it is covered when it is not in use. This can be done with a tarp or something similar. However, for the best results, you should use a Foosball Table cover. These are relatively cheap, costing a fraction of the price of the table, and will increase the lifespan of your table by years. Buy a cover when you buy your game, you will only regret not doing so

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References

If you require more information, please check these references

www.amazon.com, article, “Outdoor Foosball Tables”, retrieved on, Sat 22-September-2018
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homeguides.sfgate.com, article, “problems wood exteriorhomes”, retrieved on, Sat 22-September-2018
www.polymersolutions.com, article, “why does stainless steel rust”, retrieved on, Sat 22-September-2018

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